“That’s the most mind-blowing thing in the world to me. You can go out there and have a song that can touch somebody like that on the radio. That’s really cool and to be able to hear it for the first time was a special moment.”
Radio Feedback: Gavin DeGraw Explains the Relationship Between ‘Follow Through’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’
In a conversation with Radio.com, DeGraw explains the first time he heard one of his songs on on the radio…and what that experience has to do with “The Breakfast Club.”
Kings of Leon recently sat down with KROQ (a Radio.com station) where they reminisced about the very first time they heard their song on the radio.
Back in the early ’90s, 311 was just another aspiring band living in Southern California and hoping for their first big break, which came in the form of legendary L.A. radio station, KROQ
“It doesn’t matter how many songs you write. When it gets played on the radio, any time I hear it some place, it’s still a really exhilarating experience.”
“I was in Long Beach. I was in my car coming home from practice and I heard it, and I just screamed all the way home.”
Back before Brandon Flowers and the Killers stormed onto super-stardom, the singer was just another aspiring frontman sitting outside a local convenience store the very first time he heard his band played on the radio.
“My heart was just beating like crazy. Somehow I was thinking, ‘Man, I hope I don’t screw this up,’” Dinning said. “Like I had anything to do with what was going on.”
The first time Paramore’s Hayley Williams heard herself on the radio, she was sweaty, surrounded by screaming fans and running on adrenaline.
“We knew they were going to play it around lunchtime,” Nichols tells Radio.com, so “everybody at the label gathered around and listened.”
“I hopped out of the car and went over there and knocked on her windshield and she freaked out,” Keifer recalled.
Bryan was driving back to Nashville from his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama in 2007 when he heard his song on the radio for the first time. He admits since then, country radio has changed, but it’s all for the better.
“[We] sat and waited for it to come on because we knew if we had gone any further we were going to lose the station,” he said.
“It was such a surreal experience and I remember it so well. To have your song come on the radio, I felt like, ‘Yes I’ve made it! I’ve made it! Where is everybody? It’s playing!’”
Imagine Dragons can chalk the first time they heard themselves on the radio up to some very fast (and most likely unsafe) driving.